Our Summer Teen Program provides meaningful work experience and career exploration while reinforcing and expanding teens’ adjustment to blindness and positive attitudes. Our program also is just plain fun, providing recreation, leisure and cultural experiences.
Our program is open to our clients who are at least 14 years old and enrolled in high school (public, private, the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind or home schools). Students must be independent in all activities of daily living skills including being able to administer any prescribed medication. High school graduates waiting to enter college in the fall and students receiving certificates of completion are not eligible.
The Summer Teen Program addresses a number of issues visually impaired teens face as they seek to become independent. Our curriculum includes:
Orientation and Mobility – Emphasis is on bus travel, the use of taxis and identifying alternative methods of transportation in your communities.
Home Management – Students learn adaptive skills to increase their level of independence and discuss and practice good personal hygiene and appearance, cleaning, budgeting grocery shopping, etc.
Vocational Evaluation/Exploration – Job and career exploration are emphasized.
Communications – Instruction includes how to write a check, balance a checkbook and manage a budget. Students will set up an email account and use adaptive computer software.
Braille – Introduction to Braille for beginning students and skills are reinforced and expanded for students who already read Braille.
Resource – Students learn about their eye conditions and discuss the importance of medical compliance. They will set goals and discuss how they can achieve those goals, while exploring their strengths and weaknesses.
Woodshop – Students learn about safety and how to use tools. Woodshop projects include clocks, CD cases, shelves, bookcases, etc.
Students will have field trips and night activities full of fun. We will also hold a low-vision clinic for those students who can benefit from low-vision devices.
Students will stay at the Ellen Beach Mack Rehabilitation Center in Columbia, returning home for weekends during the four-week program. Linens are provided, but students may bring their own. Students must bring their own personal hygiene products. Transportation is provided by the South Carolina Commission for the Blind.
Applications for the program are due by May of each year and students must have a current (less than one year old) medical or eye report.